The Seaweed Collector (Julie Ryder)
By Sharon Peoples
Machine embroidery; nylon, rayon polyester thread, cotton.
62 x 92 cms
Why Julie Ryder?
In this portrait I have considered Australian artist Julie Ryder. In recent years Julie has been researching the collection of seaweeds which have been mounted in albums. These Victorian albums are much sought after by museums and specialist collectors. Julie also collects seaweed herself and makes intricate and delicate artworks related to these fascinating plant structures. Her knowledge is extensive. I have been fortunate to watch Julie collecting along the southern coastline of New South Wales.
This work reflects the delicacy of seaweeds by stitching on soluble fabric. As well I am documenting Julie’s thought processes that may be going through while she is on the beach.
About the Artist
Sharon explores plants and gardens: the inner secret garden, artists’ gardens, public gardens, national parks as gardens and gardens of the imagination. Here in this work, she considers the ocean as a garden. Fragility of both the environment and the human condition is reflected in the medium. Sharon uses her work, embroidery, as a metaphor for repair.